Biathlon is the exciting winter Olympic sport which combines cross country skiing and small bore rifle shooting. In Australia we also have fun with summer biathlon, where we swap skis for runners, rollerskis, Skikes or mountain bikes!
In the meantime, we’ll be following the biathlon events at PyeongChang, which begin with the Women 7.5 km Sprint at 10pm tonight AEDT.
Big shout out to the Australian Olympic Team for PyeongChang 2018, especially the our skinny ski cousins in the cross country events, which also begin today!
Here’s some Australian Olympic Team 2018 info, retrans from http://www.pyeongchang2018.olympics.com.au, check out detailed team info there and #GoAUS! :
The Australian Olympic Team for PyeongChang is made up of 51 athletes (check them all out here>>>).
This is the 2nd largest Australian Olympic Team at a Winter Games behind Sochi 2014 (60).
There are 28 men and 23 women on the Team.
PyeongChang is Winter Olympic Games number XXIII (23)
5th Olympic Games
Lydia Lassila (Freestyle Skiing – aerials)
4th Olympic Games
Holly Crawford (Snowboard – halfpipe)
3rd Olympic Games
Barbara Jezersek (twice for Slovenia)
2nd Olympic Games – 24
Olympic rookies – 20
Lydia Lassila – Vancouver 2010 gold, Sochi 2014 bronze
David Morris – Sochi 2014 silver
Current World Champions
Britt Cox – 2017
Scotty James – 2017
Greta Small – Innsbruck 2012
Harry Laidlaw – Innsbruck 2012
Emily Arthur – Lillehammer 2016
Age of the Team
Average age = 25 23 and under = 22 (43.1%)
Harley Windsor – Australia’s first indigenous Winter Olympian
Where the athletes were born
Athlete relations on the 2018 Team
– Callum Watson (cross country skiing) and Aimee Watson (cross country skiing) – brother/sister
Athletes with Olympian relatives
Jackie Narracott (skeleton): Paul Narracott (uncle) – 1984 Los Angeles (athletics) & 1992 Albertville (bobsleigh)
Brendan Kerry (figure skating): Monica McDonald (mother) – 1984 Sarajevo (figure skating)
Prior medals won
Before PyeongChang 2018, Australia has won 5 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze in Winter Olympic competition.